You never know what the next moment will bestow upon you. Happiness and sadness, both are unpredictable at times yet they are capable of changing your life forever. Life is full of unexpected events. This is a part of everyone’s life. Unexpected events reveal your strength and endurance capacity. These tough times reveal how strong or how weak a person is? Weakness and strength are both God gifted but can be polished by a person as well.
Some folks are vulnerable to unexpected events or sadness. When something tragic or extremely unexpected strikes, some people tend to get into a trauma. Anything threatening or unexpectedly saddening can be the cause of a trauma.
What is Trauma?
Every individual has a different eye for the experiences in their life. Generally, trauma is a psychological condition or an emotional state in response to anything stressful, disturbing or threatening to a person. Trauma can be due to anything. It can be due to a car accident, losing a loved one, violence, illness, going through a separation/divorce. People can get into this state after other tragedies like torture, physical violence or rape.
The conditions that can lead a person to a trauma are endless. There are people who are that strong that even after facing so much in life, they are ready to face life with open arms while some are too vulnerable to experiences that they can get trapped in them.
Types of Trauma:
People always see things in regard to their past experiences. Past experiences have a great hand in the development of trauma. Some individuals also get trapped in trauma just because they experienced something terrifying for the first time. These are the people who don’t foresee the coming tragedy or trouble. Hence, they land into a traumatic state. For example, some people set into trauma because of the death or loss of a loved one.
The unexpected knock of life at one’s doorsteps can shake them to the core and they can easily be one of the victims of trauma. Psychologists have divide trauma into further types to make it easy to understand. Among the major types are Post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), complex trauma and developmental trauma disorder.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Persons develop this type of trauma when they experience serious, scary or dangerous event/moment. People usually recover from initial symptoms but serious conditions can ask for a psychologist’s help. People who suffer from this PSTD have uncomfortable thoughts, flashbacks, anxiety or nightmares.
This type of trauma is likely to be developed by a person when they go through something repetitively. It can be due to prolonged abuse or threats. It can be due to abundance by someone who used to care previously or in a specific relationship.
Developmental Trauma Disorder
It is a type of trauma that forms in the children especially in the first three years of the child’s life. It can either be a result of neglect, abuse or abandoning. The child develops it and grows with it. It is not necessary that the person inflicts it upon the child intentionally. It can be due to unawareness or lack of knowledge of a child’s emotional state. Such people are unaware of a child’s needs. Children who suffer from this disorder have attachment issues when they grow up.
What are the symptoms of Trauma?
People suffering from trauma go through a lot of emotions. Some of the emotions may fade away if they are in the initial stage but they can be long term too. It depends on the type of trauma they are going through. Some people experience shock and are constantly in a state of denial. Other symptoms are:
- Uncomfortable thoughts
- Some symptoms like a headache and nausea are there as well
- A feeling of isolation and even hopelessness
- Feelings of sadness and despair
Treatment and Therapy for Trauma
It is something that can be cured with the help of a therapy. Psychologists and therapists know what the person might be going through and what their needs are. They plan the therapy sessions accordingly.
As there are different types of traumas, the therapies are also different in nature. There are various therapies and therapists adopt different ways to confront and heal the sufferer. The most common of all trauma therapies are:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps the sufferer to know more about their thoughts or cognitions related to their trauma. It is just like educating them and giving them the strength to cope up with their emotions
- Exposure therapy is another therapy that is used to expose the source of a person’s anxiety just to help them and not to cause any problem
- Talk therapy also known as psychodynamic psychotherapy is a verbal communication. It helps to relieve the sufferer from the ongoing emotional pain and to help him/her gather their strength to cope up.
A psychologist’s or a therapist’s ability to understand and grasp the ongoing emotional tension in the sufferer is imperative but the willingness to get better from the sufferer’s side is equally important.
Only then the treatment is successful. Some activities like Yoga can really help a person’s mind and body to reconnect. Physical activities are also important in this state to get over trauma alongside the psychological therapy.
Is healing from trauma possible?
Yes, it is surely possible to heal from emotional or psychological trauma. It demands a sufferer’s willingness to a better state of mind and a professional therapist who knows how to heal a person. If the person who has specialized in trauma and knows much about mental health, he/she can quickly detect the issue or grasp it from the history of the patient and treat them for their betterment. Such people can help sufferer towards a better life.
If you feel that you suffer from trauma or you know someone who is going through this emotional upheaval, we suggest to book an appointment. Contact us us today. Our psychotherapists are well trained to heal all types of traumas. We are conveniently located in Burlington, Aldershot.